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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jenny Miller


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF4855).


This unit builds on the contextual and pedagogical knowledge about EAL teaching from EDF4855. Students will link theory and practice with a view to deepening their competence to teach EAL in a range of settings, including intensive new arrival programs, EAL support programs in the mainstream, EAL programs targeting international students and team-teaching (where ESL teaching is taught in cooperation with a mainstream subject teacher). The course will cover all aspects of ESL teaching in a secondary setting, including VCE. In relation to the particular context, students will learn to assess EAL learner needs, devise appropriate units of work to meet those needs, adapt and create course materials and work effectively as part of a whole school program to maximise the educational opportunities of all EAL learners. The teaching practice component of the course is a crucial part of developing such knowledge and skills.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Select, adapt and generate materials and activities relevant to student need based on assessment
  2. plan engaging units of work linked to curriculum and best practice
  3. assess the language needs and work of EAL learners informally and formally
  4. critically evaluate EAL resources for classroom use
  5. use the diversity of EAL learners as a resource to plan for multilevel classes
  6. demonstrate an awareness of the need to collaborate with colleagues and the community to promote a whole-school approach to the language needs of EAL learners.


Assessment Task 1: Annotated bibliography of curriculum materials (1500 words, 40%)
Assessment Task 2: Development of a unit of work (2500 words, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study


EDF4855 English as an additional language (EAL) education in the secondary years A or EDF4117 Second language pedagogy


EDF4429 English as a second language (ESL) education